Unify Appoints Peter Kurpick to Lead Product Development
Software Strategist, developer and Innovator Joins Leadership Team
MUNICH, Germany and RESTON, Va., May 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Unify, formerly Siemens Enterprise Communications, today announced that it has appointed Peter Kurpick to head up the company’s global product organization, with responsibility for its acclaimed OpenScape portfolio and for Project Ansible, currently in pre-beta trial in preparation for its October launch.
“As we continue the transformation of Unify into a true software and services leader, the direction and development of our product house is a key focus,” said Dean Douglas, CEO of Unify. “I’m delighted to welcome Peter to the Unify leadership team. He has demonstrated repeated success in directing and executing product innovation in some of the most respected names in the enterprise software industry.”
Among other appointments, Kurpick has previously served as Executive Vice President of Application Strategic Innovation at SAP where he was responsible for Strategic Industry Solutions of the SAP Business Suite, and has also served as a Member of the Executive Board of Software AG where he was responsible for the overall product strategy, marketing and product development.
“I’m excited to be joining Unify,” said Kurpick. “It’s an organization with technology innovation in its DNA. I’m looking forward to working with the team to maximize the impact of OpenScape and Ansible, and to map out the future solutions that will deliver further value to Unify’s customers and partners.”
Eve Aretakis, who has led the company’s voice and applications development to deliver groundbreaking products including HiPath, OpenScape and now Ansible, will be transitioning her responsibilities to Kurpick throughout the month of May. Douglas thanked her for her support and leadership during his initial period as CEO, commenting “She and her team have developed OpenScape to become the most powerful and comprehensive standards-based software portfolio in our industry, and have brought us Project Ansible which is setting a new benchmark in collaboration, real-time communications, and user experience.”
Unify–formerly known as Siemens Enterprise Communications–is a premier communications software and services firm. Our solutions unify multiple networks, devices and applications into one easy-to-use platform that allows teams to engage in rich and meaningful conversations. The result is a transformation of how the enterprise communicates and collaborates that amplifies collective effort, energizes the business, and enhances business performance. Born out of the engineering DNA of Siemens AG, Unify builds on this heritage of product reliability, innovation, open standards and security to provide integrated communications solutions for approximately 75% of the Global 500. Unify is a joint venture of The Gores Group and Siemens AG.
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